KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Every summer for about a month, the NFL basically shuts down.
Teams have completed their off season work and players scatter for vacation before going into a lockdown mode when training camp opens in late July.
It's about this time of the month when the media gets a little antsy for some NFL news.
The popularity of this sport is staggering.
Secondary tickets for the Chiefs home opener September 15 against the Cowboys are going for $150 apiece.
You can find a $30 ticket, but you can't see what's going on without binoculars.
That's why that ticket is cheaper than what it will cost you to park.
The game featuring the Manning brothers Peyton and Eli on September 15 in New York - are you ready?
$505 a ticket.
This is the big reason the NFL is becoming more and more a television sport.
Sunday night football has replaced American Idol as TV's top-rated series.
23 of the 25 highest rated TV shows last fall were NFL games.
NFL is immune to over-saturation.
Look, TV college football stretches across the week, but avoids Sunday and Mondays.
Those nights belong to the NFL which is taking over Thursday nights as well.
A TV executive called it "the all-you-can-eat buffet. They keep turning on the spigots and fans keep drinking."
More and more fans are staying home on Sunday's and watching on TV.
Lot of us are growing tired of making car-like payments to attend a football game.
You have to fork out $10 to $12 for a beer and then you get fleeced for parking on top of everything else.
You do have a voice.
Go out and get yourself a 50 inch --high definition TV.
With fewer butts in the seats, the owners will take notice in a hurry.
It's our chance to do something about ticket gouging in the NFL.
That's Jack's Smack.